At precisely 12:01 a.m. this morning, July 21, 2023, the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, along with other local authorities, implemented Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. Here's a quick rundown of the restrictions now in place in Mesa County.

These restrictions apply to all of Mesa County, including BLM land. The one exemption would be land managed by the U.S. Forest Service.

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Mesa County Colorado Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

You will probably agree that most of these restrictions fall well within the realm of common sense. One example might be the restriction against the "Use of explosive targets."

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How Are These Restrictions Determined?

The press release from the Mesa County Sheriff's Office reads:

Agencies implement fire restrictions based on specific criteria to include the moisture content of vegatation, the weather outlook, and human risk factors. The data and potential for significant wildfires are balanced with the impacts on the community. In additionn to above-average to record temperatures there is a signifcant crop of dry grass that will rapidly carry fire.

A Few Fires Already

Western Colorado is already seeing a number of fires. Yesterday, July 20, 2023, the fire northeast of James M. Robb Colorado River State Park - Island Acres was designated the Beaver Tail Mesa Fire. According to the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit via Facebook, "We often see this kind of fire activity right after we have dry thunderstorms move through the area."

Looking at the National Weather Service forecast for Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, July 23, 24, and 25, the Grand Junction, Colorado area can expect a slight chance of thunderstorms.

Observing Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

The Stage 1 Fire Restrictions now in place for Mesa County are of a kind that one can easily observe. It's probably safe to say most Mesa County residents weren't planning on welding in the middle of a dry grassy field or setting out to detonate explosives.

On a personal note, the 4th of July is now 17 days behind us and now would be a valid time to put the use of personal fireworks to rest. That requirement is also on the list of Stage 1 Fire Restrictions for Mesa County.

The gallery below includes the list of restrictions now in place. Please give it a quick glance and help spread the word.

A Close Look at Mesa County Colorado's Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office, along with the Bureau of Land Management and the Fire Chiefs representing municipalities and fire protection districts of Mesa County announced they will implement Stage 1 Fire Restrictions beginning 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 21, 2023.

Okay, so what precisely are Stage 1 Fire Restrictions for this neck of the woods? According to the press release from the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, they include:

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